How to Jazz Up Your Landscape Design with Outdoor Art

For many art enthusiasts, a collection rarely stops at the front door. Outdoor sculpture—whether it’s a geometry-driven Sol LeWitt, a whimsical Lalanne sheep, or Robert Indiana’s iconic, cherry-red AMOR—can add a jolt of personality to grassy spaces big and small, complementing a home’s architecture as well as its landscape design. While the lucky owners of large properties may pepper their yards with supersize works, sprawling grounds are not a requisite. City dwellers can give weatherproof items from their collection a bit of fresh air, too, installing works of art on an apartment terrace or in an urban garden. Contemplating the perfect install spot? Take a spin through these 12 homes where artworks look dignified on the front lawn, the back terrace, and even the pool deck.

If you are looking for a simple yet effective way to add a bit of lift to your garden without the need to uproot and re plant, outdoor art might be your answer. Here are a few inspirational examples.

The Hudson Valley, New York, home designed by Ike Kligerman Barkley Architects for Abbeville Press publisher Robert E. Abrams and Cynthia Vance offers views across a lawn dotted with sculptures, including Leucantha by Philip Grausman.
The meandering gardens of a Hong Kong home reimagined by Mattia Bonetti feature artworks by Owen Bullett.
At decorator Alex Papachristidis’s family home in Bridgehampton, New York, the formality of the house—with its traditional cedar shingles and Marvin windows—is offset by an Ugo Rondinone tree sculpture that dominates the front drive.
A bronze sculpture by Stephen de Staebler stands next to the pool at Los Angeles art patron Chara Schreyer’s gallery-like home
On the rear façade of Juan Miró and Miguel Rivera’s Austin, Texas, home, the architects installed a lap pool and a Sol LeWitt aluminum sculpture.
At the São Paulo home of Vogue Brazil style director Donata Meirelles, sculptures by Sonia Ebling (foreground) and Alfredo Ceschiatti ornament the garden, which was designed by Isabel Duprat.
A Ben Jones dog sculpture adds character to the slate-paved terrace of a London mansion designed by Rafael de Cárdenas.
At a midcentury home designed by Charles Zana in the suburbs of Paris, a Jaume Plensa sculpture stands in an allée of hornbeams in the garden.
On the grounds of Hilary and Wilbur Ross’s Mario Buatta–designed Hamptons home, landscape designer Charles Stick created a topiary promenade dotted with François-Xavier Lalanne’s beloved sheep sculptures.

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